Could Michail Antonio's playing style force West Ham teammate out of club this summer?

West Ham United's Andy Carroll misses chance to score

The West Ham United striker has been in and out of the team all season.

West Ham United's Andy Carroll looks dejected after the gameWest Ham United's Andy Carroll 

Since Andy Carroll's permanent move to the Hammers in the summer of 2013, he has been continuously plagued by injury problems, and despite showing the odd glimpse of his true talent, he hasn't been able to string together a consistent run of games where he actually has a defining impact on his team's season.

In the summer, Slaven Bilic - if he is still in charge at the London Stadium - will have a big decision to make with regards to the former Newcastle United and Liverpool striker's future.

Concerns for Carroll's fitness is a big enough one on its' own, but there is another problem within the Hammers squad, that could prove detrimental to the big Geordie's chances of reaching his potential.

West Ham's star man this year has undoubtedly been Michail Antonio.

His rise to prominence since his £7 million switch form Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2015 has been quite incredible, and his importance to Slaven Bilic's side is beyond doubt.

He has to surely be the first name on the Croatian's team-sheet, week-in, week-out.

It could be argued, however, that his playing style does not lend itself to the kind of service that Carroll thrives upon.

The 26-year-old winger, as good as he is, sometimes holds on to the ball for too long, before crossing into the box, by which time Carroll has been picked up.

West Ham United's Michail Antonio (C) in action with Leicester City's Marc Albrighton (L) and Wilfred Ndidi (R)West Ham United's Michail Antonio in action

Now, whilst Bilic will surely not even consider allowing Antonio to leave to solve this problem, he will have to bring in wingers of a more direct nature, who are quicker in getting the ball into the box.

The addition of players of this ilk will in turn play more into the hands of Carroll's game.

That is if he wants to keep the striker of course.

Wingers like Manchester City's Jesus Navas, or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be ideally suited Carroll's game, and their presence would surely lead to an increase in Carroll's productivity.

Or Bilic could dispose of the 6ft 4in target man in the summer, and buy more of a poacher-type striker, who would operate in and around the six-yard box.

And with the 28-year-old's injury record, allowing him to leave the club might just best decision for all concerned.

West Ham United's Andy Carroll looks on as the ball appears to strike the hand of Bournemouth's Charlie Daniels however a penalty is not awardedWest Ham United's Andy Carroll in action

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